News Bits: Toshiba Tecra M4 Review, Microsoft Vista, Memory Finder Tool

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Toshia Tecra M4 Review

TabletPCReviewSpot.com now has posted a full review of Toshiba’s Tecra M4 Tablet PC device.  The Tecra M4 features an nVidia Go 6200 card, Pentium M 1.60GHz processor and 5400RPM hard drive.  So for a Tablet PC convertible device this is really quite beefy.  The Tecra M4 has a 14″ screen and weighs in at 6.2lbs.

Full Review of Toshiba Tecra M4


Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Longhorn has a “real” name, and it’s Microsoft Vista.  That being the name of the next Microsoft Windows OS due the end of 2006.  The first beta release is set for August 3 and will be available to developers and IT professionals.

The tagline for the new OS will be “”Clear, Confident, Connected: Bringing clarity to your world.”

“Is that the new Microsoft operating system you see out there, is it really getting close?  Oh no, I think that’s just a bird.”

This OS should have a lot of features catering to laptops because, as Microsoft well knows, laptops will far and away have the largest share of PC sales by the end of 2006 when this OS sees the light of day.

Link to Microsoft Announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-22LHMA.mspx

Crucial has a new tool to make finding the right memory for your Notebook much easier

We already know that Crucial.com makes great RAM at affordable prices. They’ve recently released a new memory tool that will make buying upgrades much easier. The Crucial System Scanner tool scans your computer hardware to automatically detect your system configuration, and then provides a report showing the details you need to purchase a compatible memory upgrade, including:

  • A list of compatible memory upgrades
  • How many memory slots are filled and available
  • How much total memory (in MB) your system can accept
  • What kind of graphics processing your system uses
  • A list of compatible Crucial RADEON(TM) graphics cards

You can give it a try here.

Widescreen Apple iBooks for Next Week

Rumor has it that Apple will release new iBook laptops next week that feature a widescreen display.  The price point for such a notebook would start at $999 and go up to $1299 depending on the configuration and specs.

More: http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1193

HP Job Cuts, 14,500 to lose jobs

HP, the number 2 PC maker in the US, announced this week that 14,500 employees will be let go in an effort to save the company money.  The HP cuts will be across the company, but it seems that IT and research will be hit the hardest while the PC division responsible for selling notebooks and desktop computers will remain mostly untouched.

More: http://news.com.com/HP+printing+out+14%2C500+pink+slips/2100-7342_3-5794326.html


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